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Trinity Academy Tour

As the result of our recent SUSO-sponsored movie and book discussions, many of us feel called to action to support equal opportunity to a quality education for all students, particularly young children.

Toward that end, several SUSO members recently had the pleasure of touring Trinity Academy in Hartford, an independent, tuition-free, private elementary school serving 42 children from 16 Hartford neighborhoods. AHCC member Courtney Bourns, who serves on the Trinity Academy Board of Directors, together with Trinity Academy Principal Jennifer Scanzano led the tour, which included interacting with individual students as well as observing whole classrooms of students engaged in their lessons.

Principal Scanzano said that she would welcome volunteers as well as presentation of the Sandy Hook Violence Prevention Program, “Start With Hello,” and involvement in the “Pieces For Peace” Project (which the AHCC Sunday School participated in last year and from which art work was displayed in Drew Hall).

To learn more about Trinity Academy activities and upcoming events, you can visit the school’s website at www.trinityday.org. To arrange your own tour of the school, please contact Courtney Bourns at 860.983.7894.

Sandy Hook Promise Programs

With 18 school shootings this year, most recently in Florida, it is imperative that we stay involved with violence prevention, the core of our mission for SUSO.

You can make a difference by becoming a Sandy Hook Promise Leader, which is easily done on-line, with the only obligation being to spread the word about the programs.

Rather than just lamenting these tragedies, it is hoped that many will feel called to action knowing that none of us, or our children and grandchildren, are immune from violence.

Reflections on the Film “I Am Not Your Negro”

On February 11, a diverse group of more than 60 members and friends of AHCC came together for a light lunch and a showing of the 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro directed by Raoul Peck. The film features interviews with the celebrated author and societal commentator James Baldwin, interwoven with graphic images of black people’s suffering throughout American history.

Shown by SUSO in honor of Black History Month and as a continuation of our ongoing Conversation on Racism, the film was introduced by Trinity College Professor of Religious Studies and AHCC member Leslie Desmangles, who provided background on James Baldwin to put Baldwin’s societal commentary in historical context.

The documentary was followed by insightful comments from President Emeritus of Three Rivers Community College and AHCC member Booker DeVaughn, who gave us a deeper understanding of the film, and led to the lively discussion that followed, bringing to light some very difficult issues and questions for further exploration.

One audience member made the comment that if he had not known that James Baldwin had passed away in 1987, he would have thought Baldwin’s observations were about today’s racial issues, meaning that while much progress has been made, there is still a long way to go.

Another more heartening comment came from an audience member who was lifted up by the willingness and openness of our congregation to so actively engage with issues of social justice and empowerment.